In the short film The Seraphim Prophecies, a young woman unleashes an ancient power.
The opening scene features a young woman sketching in the woods by a tree carved with mysterious sigils. As the redheaded teenager paints on the tree, light erupts from the symbols and she reaches out to touch the trunk with one hand. Making a quick pit stop home, the heroine grabs her dog and a mysterious box before running up a hill towards a carved stonework figure on a hill. Inside the chest are blue stones, which she uses to summon a glowing angel. The film ends with the angel turning into a terrifying horned monster who grabs the teenager. She winds up disappearing, although it’s left for the audience to decide whether or not the young woman was killed or was simply transferred to another dimension.
The Seraphim Prophecies is a haunting short that will leave you wondering what happened to the heroine and hoping that Mac Mave Studios will shoot a sequel!
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Frank Watson’s poetry collection The Dollhouse Mirror is a beautifully crafted journey through the whimsical. Each poem invites the reader to step into a dark fantasy world ruled by the abstract—in each one, the subject is never identified beyond using words such as “she,” “you,” or even “the little girl,” all of which is designed to make you think about the message Watson is trying to convey. Much of his fantastical imagery is based off Tarot cards, so the archetypal metaphors found within his work make it easy for the reader to easily insert themselves into the poem and get wrapped up in the rich language.
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MisSpelled is a new web series surrounding four modern witches. Unlike the pasty-white cast of Harry Potter, American Horror Story: Coven or The Witches of East End, the cast is actually pretty diverse, which is remarkable in a society that lives to whitewash the media.
In the official trailer, the five young women attempt to bring a young man back from the dead. However, unlike the self-assured Fiona from Coven, these witches are clueless about their powers and it’s clear they’re afraid the spell won’t work. Despite their fears, it’s obvious from the way one of the witches was telekinetically levitating her iPhone that their powers are growing, even if they are afraid to acknowledge that fact. Their fears could be what is holding them back, although they remain steadfast in their desire to bring the young man back to life.
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Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell’s much-anticipated new novel The Bone Clocks is a fascinating journey through the metaphysical with an interesting social commentary on current events. Written in six parts, the novel’s heroine is Holly Sykes, a teenager who is a magnet for paranormal phenomenon and gets caught up in a war for humanity and the Earth itself.
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Joe Hill’s novel Horns is soon to be made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, but if you can’t wait until October to find out what happens, make sure you pick up this dark fantasy ASAP.
Ignatius Perrish is accused of raping and violently murdering his girlfriend Merrin Williams in the court of public opinion. Most believe his wealthy parents pulled some strings in order to get his name cleared, but on the anniversary of his girlfriend’s death, Ignatius sprouts a pair of devil’s horns that allow him to read minds and discover the darkest desires in the hearts of others around him. With his newfound powers, Ignatius must discover who really killed Merrin before it’s too late.
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In Katherine Addison’s dark fantasy The Goblin Emperor, Maia, a young Halfling who is the son of the reigning Emperor, lives his entire life in exile and scorns the intrigue that always comes with the courts. However, his entire life turns upside down when he is expected to assume the throne after his father and three legitimate sons (and heirs) are killed in a mysterious accident. Maia is a novice to the world of the court and is entirely ignorant of court politics. To make matters worse, he has no advisors or friends to help him as he learns the art of ruling, wades through the attempts to deflect the arranged marriages, plots to depose him, and hunt down those who killed his father.
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Thanks to pop culture, which has seen reality television shows such as Ghost Hunters and Long Island Medium skyrocket to fame, it seems as if everyone and their next-door neighbor is obsessed with finding the truth about whether or not there’s an ‘Afterlife.’ David Edison’s debut novel The Waking Engine confronts this theme by toying around with the notion of life, death, and the big question: If there’s truly an afterlife, what is it like?
Contrary to what the ‘Big Three’ monotheistic religions preach, death is not the end. In The Waking Engine, once you leave this plane of existence, you simply wake up as yourself in any one of the millions of worlds in the Universe. Then you simply live out your life, and when you ‘die’ again, the process repeats until the souls can make it to the City Unspoken, which houses the gateway to True Death. There’s only one problem—the gateway’s acting up. It’s up to a very confused, recently deceased New Yorker named Cooper to navigate this bizarre city that houses not only deities in disguise but also angels, faeries, and queens as he races against time to figure out why the gateway’s not working properly.
Edison’s debut novel takes popular themes about the nature of life and death and turns them on their head. His rich prose and fascinating settings allow the readers to become fully immersed in the world of the City Unspoken as well as feel the characters’ fears of the madness that threatens to destroy their world. Edison’s writing is a refreshing breath of fresh air for the sci-fi fantasy genre and is sure to win him new fans.
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